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    Is it a good idea to take a rabbit for walks?

    I think you have to be aware of one thing above all when you think about taking a rabbit out and letting it have free exercise outside.The act is,regardless of any other considerations,your rabbit can not only run a lot faster than you can,is potentially easily startled and paniicked,and is...
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    I just found out about a disease called flystrike how do I protect my bunnies in the summer ?

    This is a reply to Kim.I have only just what you wrote and am upset that you feel your question was too much trouble or that my remarks(or anyone else's) were aimed at you.As the person above rightly points out,in my case I was addressing the remarks in a general way to highlight how vital it is...
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    Bunny passed away, can’t seem to overcome grief and guilt..

    I can totally sympathise. The fact that you feel this way shows that you cared a great deal,and that can never be bad.If you made an error of judgement,join the great universal club! Anyone who has cared for animals has made mistakes,it's unfortunate but inevitable and even the best vets can do...
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    I just found out about a disease called flystrike how do I protect my bunnies in the summer ?

    Ordinary unscented baby wipes will do just fine,just avoid anything which might cause irritation,after all it's a sensitive area
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    I just found out about a disease called flystrike how do I protect my bunnies in the summer ?

    I've seen one very bad and a couple of more mild cases of fly strike in my animal keeping experiences.Sadly the bad case resulted in the poor rabbit haing to be put to sleep,and I assisted the vet by holding and comforting it.It was not my rabbit,and I was furious that it had been kept in a...
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    How much power does a rabbit have?

    Not a silly question at.They can be extremely strong when they want to be,particularly when it comes to kicking and jumping,which is why so many people drop them by accident because they haven't taken their strength seriously enough,and relaxed their grip on the rabbit,with sometimes serious...
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    Dandelion greens

    Dandelions are fascinating plants and well worth looking up online.They can cause calcium problems it's true,if fed to excess,but then the trick is not to feed to excess!They are also diuretic,which means they can make the rabbit pee more than normal,thus risking dehydration.but before you get...
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    Cousin not holding rabbit properly and he jumps out of her arms!

    Simple really,which do you care most about,your rabbit's welfare or whether your cousin is offended? It's got to be the first I imagine and the only answer is to be very stern indeed and say NO,which bit of NO do you not understand?!Don't pussyfoot around with this,if someone's so stupid or...
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    Is Ice Safe For Rabbits To Eat?

    I would have to agree with Diane R about this.It's fine to put a bottle of frozen water(ice!) in the house ,cage or whatever, when it's very hot,and they will lie close to it and cool down,but I would be very wary of giving them ice directly,for the same reasons that Diane mentions.The problem...
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    How to pick up my skiddish rabbit when it's necessary?

    The method I use on my two and on any skittish or nervous ones,is to talk qietly and move slowly,andput my right arm gently round the right side of the body and hold the rump firmly,then secure the front end with the left hand and scoop them up firmly and quickly.You then have them with their...
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    Trimmed Nails Now Bleeding

    Obviously you want to avoid this if you possibly can,but look on it as a lesson,and be more careful next time.I don't think a rabbit ever died from it,although it can look a bit messy.I always have a styptic pencil on hand,or a damp teabag when i'm trimming nails.Not the end of the world but...
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    Rabbits pushing

    In my humble experience,with several rabbits,this is usually a sign that they just want to touch base with you and show they love and accept you as part of their family and world.sometimes it can be very gentle and sometimes quite hard,but the meaning is still the same.think of it like two...
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    How to tell the difference between teeth grinding and purring

    Yet another sensible question,congratulations.never be afraid to ask what might be obvious because it sometimes isn't,and in the case of tooth grinding it's very confusing at times and also,of course,varies from one animal to another.the advice above is great,in trems of taking other factors...
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    Eating Lettuce

    Lettuce is always a controversial subject,and since I also keep tortoises,I know the risks of feeding it ad lib to them because in general it has had a bad press for a long time.It's true that most varieties are very low in calories,and some lack vital micro nutrients,but romaine and some others...
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    Gut bacteria and antibiotics

    Your question is a very sensible and well thought out one.Whether it's in humans or animals,antibiotics do kill of friendly gut flora as well as harmful ones,and you're right to consider this.I got some acidophillus capsules from my health Store,and gave them(at a sensible dosage rate of...
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    would a bonded pair of rabbits get along with a guinea pig?

    As others have pointed it,it isn't a good idea to keep them together,not because of fighting or behavioural problems,but simply thatit's so easy for the rabbit to unintentionally break the cavy's ribs or do other injuries.I'm old enough to remember when,during the 1950 and 60's,and even later, a...
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    Sudden loose poo

    This is always a dificult one to answer with a glib,simple answer,as the comments above quite rightly point out,the cause is often food(but of course can be infections,parasites etc).I have found through personal experience,that one of my pair of rabbits tends to have soft poops more often and...
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    Whining noises during sleep

    If there are no obvious respiratory problems normally and he seems fine in every other respect,i wouldn't worry.Just keep an eye on him.My male,Robbie does it all the time when he's asleep or dozing,and while it alrmed me at first,it quickly became obvuious that he's just happy,relaxed and...
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    Rabbit circling me

    Thanks for those kind words-I meant them very sincerely.It is beyond me how any thinking person can believe that any animal isn't capable of feeling in relation to its environment,love,fear,pleasure etc. I took part a while ago in an online event with animal communicator Susie Shiner,and...
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    Rabbit circling me

    You are very lucky and don't ever take it for granted! He obviously loves you very much,and with this comes an obligation,which we all feel towards our animals,never to consciously let them down or betray that trust.Sometimes it's a burden when you're busy or not feeling great,and easy to forget...
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